For Ross adversity led to success

Sometimes young men need a change of scenery to get their mind focused on the right things. Sometimes they need a good woman or a child to straighten them out. For East Central RB Roosevelt Ross (5-9, 215) it was a combination of all three and now he's ready to have a breakout year for the Warriors.

"I kinda messed up when I was younger," Ross said humbly after a recent workout. "I didn't take school very seriously in high school and then when I was at Butler (Community College) I got in some trouble and didn't show up on time to meetings and stuff like that so I was kinda screwed up for a little while."

Ross was also in the car that was used as a getaway in a robbery and following that incident he was asked to leave by the Butler coaching staff. He found a home at East Central and decided to dedicate himself to the game he grew up playing, not just for himself, but for his daughter.

"I have a little girl who means the world to me," Ross said. "She's 10 months old now and I can't believe she's turning one here pretty soon. It's going to be pretty crazy. She's my world though and I want to be successful for her and show her that her dad did things right and did what he could to give her the life she deserves."

Ross redshirted the year he was at Butler and then played in the first four games for East Central last year before suffering a hip pointer that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

"That was pretty disappointing and frustrating because I had gotten off to a good start," Barnes said. "I had something like 250 yards on 45 carries and six touchdowns, but I couldn't really even run with the injury, so we shut it down so I could get healthy for this year."

With his health back to 100-percent, Ross has had an excellent offseason earning All-Combine Team honors at the Mississippi Combine with an outstanding performance.

"I ran a 4.5 (at the combine), but I ran a 4.38 here in our camp testing," Ross said. "I also have a 38-inch vertical and my max on the bench is 405 (he did 22 reps of 225 at the combine)."

With all of his God-given talent, Ross said schools have been in contact over the past few months and have told him they want to see what he does this fall.

"Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas Tech and a bunch of other ones have been in contact," Ross said. "I think I have a couple of offers, but I'm really letting my coach handle that stuff right now so I can just concentrate on school and my season.

"I'll take my visits after my season ends and then make a decision, the rest of the time I just want to concentrate on school and football."

Ross will graduate in December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Ross as the season gets underway.

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